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PhD admission process for 2021-22 (Semester-I) is open now.
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PHD PROGRAMMES 2021-22


IIT Gandhinagar is looking for bright and dedicated young scholars interested in research to join us as Ph.D. scholars.

Currently, we offer Ph.D. programmes in Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computer Science and Engineering, Earth Sciences, Electrical Engineering, History, Language & Literature, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Epidemiology and Sociology.

Prospective students satisfying the eligibility criteria are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the research areas of our faculty members for suitable match of interest. IIT Gandhinagar also offers a Start Early Ph.D. Fellowship with additional financial support for exceptionally qualified undergraduate students from select colleges wishing to start on a direct Ph.D. programme after B.Tech.

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Important Dates

  • 27 March 2021

    Application submission deadline

    5 April 2021

    Announcement of shortlist (tentative)

    8-14 April 2021

    Online Interviews (tentative)

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  • Eligibility Criteria

    Eligibility Criteria


    At least 55% marks or 5.5 CPI marks in M.A./M.Sc./B.Tech./M.Tech. or equivalent degree in appropriate branches. Above mentioned eligibility criteria is minimum at Institute level.

    For discipline wise minimum eligibility criteria, please click here. The disciplines may use higher cut off levels for short listing besides giving due consideration to the way questions are answered in the application form. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PD categories would be eligible for relaxations, as per norms, in the selection criteria.

  • Admission Categories

    Admission Categories


    Regular(RR): Fulltime residential research candidate.

    Continuing Doctoral Programme (CDP): This if for the candidates working in industry or as a faculty in any educational institution. In this category the candidate is given advance admission with 90 days of residency requirement in 1st year and on successful completion of 1st year, the admission is confirmed with the expected minimum 2 years of full time residential requirement on campus for completing course work and a major part of thesis work. After 2-years, the candidate may be permitted to go back to parent organization subject to significant progress in thesis work. Subsequently, the candidate is expected to complete at least 2 weeks of residency at the Institute for each semester all through the PhD programme. A certificate in support of the candidature must support the application. Click here for more details about the programme.

  • Financial Support

    Financial Support


    Students joining the Ph.D. program as regulars (RR) will be considered for Institute Fellowship based on the following norms:

    • 1. Post Graduate Degree in Basic Science with NET/GATE Qualification or Graduate Degree in Professional Courses (B.Tech/B.E.) with NET/GATE Qualification or Post Graduate Degree in Professional Courses (M.Tech/M.E. etc) : Rs. 31,000/- per month.
    • 2. Qualifications mention at (i) above with two years of Research Experience: Rs. 35,000/- per month.

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  • Admission Procedure

    Admission Procedure


    In view of the current COVID 19 situation, for 2021-22 Sem I, admission will be offered based on online interviews only.

    Admission is generally offered on the basis of an interview, which is supplemented by a written test if necessary. The Institute will invite a limited number of candidates for a written test and/or interview based on the academic records, statement of purpose, etc. The final selection will be mainly based on academic credentials, written test and/or interview.

    In addition to the announced admission cycles with prescribed deadline of application, the Institute also considers applications any time of the year in case of exceptional candidates. Based on the qualifications of the candidates and the need of the discipline concerned, applications received are processed through duly constituted selection committees at regular intervals.

  • Application Procedure

    Application Procedure


    "Reservation for Economically Weaker Section (EWS), as per MHRD OM dated 17th January 2019, for Post Graduate admissions at IIT Gandhinagar will be implemented from Semester I, Academic Year 2020-21".

    All applications must be submitted online. If you are applying for more than one discipline, please submit a separate application for each discipline. After successful submission of the application form, you will receive an application number and a link to download the application form. Please save the application form. You need to furnish hardcopy of the application form and self attested copies of all the relevant documents at the time of interview. Incomplete applications will be rejected

    Application Fees: Rs. 100/- (SC/ST/PD Category), Rs. 200/- (Others)
    You NEED NOT send the hard-copy of the application form.

    Important Dates

    Application Submission Deadline - 27 March 2021
    Announcement of shortlist (tentative) - 5 April 2021
    Online Interviews (tentative) - 8-14 April 2021

  • Focus Areas
    • Biological Engineering

      Epigenetics, DNA Regulatory Mechanisms and retrotransposition, Quadruplex Nucleic Acids in Disease Regulation, Biomolecular Simulations,intracellular transport system, Nanobiocatalysts with new architectures and scope of application, Neuroscience, Biomechanics, Neural Control of Movement, Movement Disorders, Rehabilitation, cellular response to bio-nanomaterials,Biomedical engineering and Instrumentation, Structural DNA Nanotechnology, Stem Cells Programming and regenerative medicine, Cellular and Chemical Biology, Protein Aggregation in Neurodegenerative Disorders, small molecule & macromolecular crystallography and structural biology of proteins, 3D-Bioprinting of biomaterials, Computational structural biology, Integrative and network modeling of macromolecular complexes

    • Chemical Engineering

      Chemical Reaction Engineering, Multiphase reactions, Nanotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Engineering, Polymer Processing, Polymer Gels, Polymer Blends, Shape memory polymers, Smart Polymeric Materials, Polymer Ionic Liquids, Process Systems Engineering, Colloids and Interfaces, Rheology, Powder Technology, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Molecular simulations, Protein aggregation and protein folding, Biomolecular Simulations, Supercapacitors and other energy storage devices, Polymer nanocomposites, Biomaterials, Bio-printing, 3D printing, Process systems engineering, Waste water treatment, Crystallization, Drug Polymorphism, Microbubble Engineering, Flow and transport in porous media, Hydrodynamic instability, Wetting behavior, Biological motors, Ion exchange resins, Building Energy Management, Indoor Air-quality Control

    • Chemistry

      1. Organometallic catalysis, C-H Activation, Photo-catalysis, Porphyrins for anti-cancer application
      2. Medicinal Chemistry, Cancer Chemical Biology, New Targets and drug development for H-Pylori infection
      3. Computational chemistry, Molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations of nanoscale systems and biosystems. DNA sensing using nanopores
      4. Development of novel small molecules for targeting mitchondria/ER in cancer, synthesis of nanomaterials for targeting and imaging of mitochondria/ER, AIEgens for bio-imaging
      5. Asymmetric organocatalysis, asymmetric synthesis of bio-active natural products
      6. Small Organic molecules for organic electronics, organic fluorophores or bioconjugates for analyte sensing and sub-cellular imaging applications
      7. Single particle spectroscopy, photochemistry with plasmonic nanostructures, renewable energy, optical microscopy

    • Civil Engineering

      Dynamic behavior; Liquefaction; Suction and collapse of unsaturated soils; Constitutive modeling; Earthquake Engineering; Geosynthetics; Machine learning architectures for Hydrological Sciences; Resilience of Urban water distribution systems; Land surface hydrologic modeling, remote sensing applications in hydrology, Climate change impacts on water resources; Dam breach and levee breach hydraulics, Debris flow modelling, Blockage/leak detection in pipes; Fire engineering, Performance-based earthquake engineering, Tall structures, Structural health assessment and monitoring, High-performance concrete, 3D concrete printing, Resilience of infrastructure, Blast engineering; Environmental Engineering; Aerosol and Air Qaulity; Indoor Air Quality; Pollution Mitigation

    • Cognitive Science

      Emotional processing, Visual attention, Visual cognition, Human Robot Interaction, Robotic Rehabilitation, Decision making, Neural correlates of Music & Meditation, Early detection of Alzheimers disease using Machine learning, Brain Connectivity, Tactile Perception

    • Computer Science and Engineering

      Theoretical Computer Science, Algorithms and Data Structures, Computational Complexity, Game Theory, Data Mining, Social Networks, Data Science, Machine Learning, Computational Neuroscience, Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Computer Systems, High-Performance Computing, Natural Language Processing, Computational Sustainability, Internet of Things (IoT), Computational Algebra, Spectral Graph Theory, Large scale numerical linear algebra, Dynamic graph algorithms, Streaming algorithms, Formal methods and verification, and Web security, NLP for Indic languages, Computer Networks, Cloud and Network Security, Distributed Systems, Software Defined Networks (SDN), and Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

    • Earth Sciences

      River Science, Seismology, Geophysics, Natural hazards, Tectnonic Geomorphology, Climate Change, Water Resources, Remote sensing & GIS, Environmental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology

    • Humanities and Social Sciences

      Psychoanalysis and Modernist Literature, World Literature, Mathematics and Literature, Bengali Modernisms in Literature Social determinants of health. Language acquisition, Semantics, Syntax Indian Writing in English, Women's writing, Indian Feminist Literature Harappan Archaeology; Ancient Technology & Provenance Studies; Ancient Indian Art, Architecture, Epigraphy, Numismatics; Heritage Management and Conservation Environmental Archaeology, Archaeozoology and taphonomy, Experimental Archaeology, Phenomenology, Posthumanism, Embodiment, Visual Culture Visual perception & Attention, Emotional Processing, Social Cognition Histories of colonialism, Modern Indian History (Assam and Bengal), Language and Ethnic Identity Politics in Assam, Histories of National Movements, Social History, Sociolinguistics, writing and literacy, endangered languages, multimodality, Adivasi society, Gujarat; Jharkhand, Wildlife conservation, human-animal relations, Northeast India.

    • Electrical Engineering

      1. Nanoelectronics, Semiconductor Devices, Nanotechnology, Computational Electronics
      2. VLSI Design, Asynchronous Circuits, Computer Architecture
      3. Biomedical Engineering, Physiological Signal Processing, Ultrasound Imaging and Therapy
      4. Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition
      5. Signal Processing, Soft Computing, Image & Video Processing, Multimedia Forensics & Security
      6. Control Systems, Estimation Theory, Robotics
      7. Power Systems and Smart Grid
      8. Fiber Optics, Photonic Sensors, Nanophotonics, Electromagnetic Metamaterials, Computational Electromagnetics
      9. Deep Learning, High Performance Computing
      10. Electrical Machines and Power Electronics

    • Mechanical Engineering

      1. Fluid Mechanics - Low Re-flows, Hydrodynamic instability, Fluid-Structure interaction
      2. Heat transfer, Fuel cell systems
      3. Solid Mechanics and Material Mechanics
      4. Wave Propagation in Solids and Acoustic Metamaterials
      6. Biomechanics
      7. Robotics
      8. Combustion and Energetic materials

    • Materials Engineering

      1. Colloidal processing of ceramics, Dewetting, Soft lithography, Tribology
      2. Modeling of additive manufacturing
      3. Biomaterials, Nanosafety, Environmental applications of nanomaterials
      4. Antibacterial surfaces and Biomimetic materials
      5. Computational materials/artificial intelligence applications
      6. Phase change materials, Functional coatings, Optoelectronic materials, Transparent conductors
      7. Designing 2D material membranes for fuel cells
      8. Study of material structure and dynamics at atomic length scales

    • Mathematics

      1. Analytic Number Theory, Special Functions

      2. Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes

      3. Partial Differential Equations

    • Physics

      1. Black Hole Physics, Modified Gravity, Gravitational Waves
      2. Soft Condensed Matter Physics, Microfluidics
      3. Hot and dense QCD matter, Physics of quark-gluon-plasma
      4. Black Hole Physics, AdS/CFT and quantum information in QFT and holography
      5. Active matter, Chemically propelled micro-/nanomotors, Microfluidics
      6. Designing desalination membranes using 2D materials

  • PMRF

    Prime Minister's Research Fellowship


    The Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF) Scheme has been designed for improving the quality of research in various higher educational institutions in the country. With attractive fellowships, the scheme seeks to attract the best talent into research thereby realizing the vision of development through innovation. The scheme was announced in the Budget 2018-19. The institutes which can offer PMRF include all the IITs, all the IISERs, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and some of the top Central Universities/NITs that offer science and/or technology degrees. The candidates will be selected through a rigorous selection process and their performance will be reviewed suitably through a national convention time to time. The candidates will be selected through a rigorous selection process and their performance will be reviewed suitably through a national convention. Kindly visit https://iitgn.ac.in/pmrf for more details about PMRF.